Tool Palette

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Assists with a new project, adds components to a form, or adds code snippets to the Code Editor.

Ctrl+Alt+P is the shortcut key for View > Tool Palette.

Item Description


Displays a list of the categories of available items, allowing you to position the Tool Palette to a category.

Tool Palette Filter Icon

Displays the categories of tools in the Tool Palette. Press Esc to reset the display.

Tool Palette Filter Icon

Deselects the currently selected item in the Tool Palette (click DeselectToolPaletteItem.png after using Shift+Click to select an item that you want to add multiple times to your form)

Search Glass Search

Enter a search string: the name of a component that you want to locate in the Tool Palette. The Tool Palette automatically displays only those items that match the string you type. Click X to clear the search string.

Tip: To add a component from the Tool Palette to the selected form, do either of the following:
  • Select the component and press Return.
  • Double-click the component.
  • Shift+Click the component; then the component is selected, and every time you click on the form, you add the component. This shortcut key is useful for adding multiples of a component.
To reorder categories or items in the Tool Palette, click the item or category and drag and drop it elsewhere on the Tool Palette. The context menu command Lock Reordering disables/enables drag and drop reordering.
Note: The Component Toolbar is an alternative UI for selecting components in RAD Studio. See Enabling the Component Toolbar.

Tool Palette hints display when you hover the mouse pointer over a component on the palette. The hints include basic information such as component name, unit name, and design-time package name.

When you switch away from the Form Designer and then return to the Tool Palette, the Tool Palette remains open to the same area you were using before you switched away. When the Diagram View has the focus, then the Tool Palette shows icons helping to create UML model elements available for the UML diagram opened in the Diagram View. See Tool Palette in Modeling.

Unsupported Components Are Grayed Out

When you have a form on the Form Designer, the Tool Palette shows all the components that your form supports. However, some of those components may not support all the target platforms that your project supports.

When a component does not support the active target platform of your project, the Tool Palette shows that component grayed out.

Palette Tool.png

Context Menu

Right-click the Tool Palette to display the following commands:

Item Description

Add New Category...

Displays the Create a New Category dialog box, allowing you to create an empty category. You can then drag-and-drop components from other categories into the new category to create a customized category.

Delete <name> Category

Deletes the selected category from the Tool Palette. To restore the category, right-click the Tool Palette and select Unhide Button | <deleted_category> Show All Buttons.

Rename <name> Category

Allows you to rename the selected category by typing over the category name on the Tool Palette. To restore the category's original name, right-click the category, select Rename Category again, and type in the original name.

Delete <name> Button

Deletes the selected item from the Tool Palette.

Hide Button

Removes the selected item from the Tool Palette, but does not delete it.

Unhide Button

Redisplays items previously hidden by using the Hide Button or the Delete Category command.

Auto Collapse Categories

Allows only one category to be expanded at a time.

Collapse All

Displays only the categories of items.

Expand All

Displays the items in each category.

Lock Reordering

Disables drag and drop reordering of categories and items on the Tool Palette.

Reset Palette

Removes all Tool Palette customizations.


Displays the Tool Palette page of the Options dialog box, allowing you to change the appearance of the Tool Palette.

Stay on Top

Displays the Tool Palette on top of the desktop even if other windows are displayed.


Enables drag-and-dock for the Tool Palette.

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